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A summer in Vancouver is not complete without visiting the annual The Fair at the PNE, which kicks off on Saturday, August 19, and runs until Monday, September 4.
The ride passes, fair-games, and mini-donuts can definitely add up to hit your wallet hard, so here are some ways you can save big and score the best deals at this year’s Fair.
Hero’s opening weekend
The PNE is offering free gate admission for First Responders and one guest on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20. The promotion is valid for current and retired police, RCMP, ambulance workers, firefighters, military, search & rescue, and coast guards. First Responders must present a valid First Responders service card upon entry.
Opening Weekend Canada 150 discount
If you arrive wearing red or a maple leaf on Saturday, August 19 or Sunday, August 20, you’ll receive gate admission for $1.50.
Free admission for all guests on Tuesdays
All guests can enjoy free gate admission on Tuesday, August 22 and 29 from 11 am to 1 pm.
Free admission for seniors
On Thursday, August 24, those 65-plus will be able to get into the Fair for free.
Wild Ride Wednesday
On Wednesday, August 23 and 30, you can get 2-for-1 ride passes, which are only available when you purchase them on site from 11 am to 1 pm.
If you show your BC library card at the gate on Wednesday, August 23 you’ll get in for $5.
Vancity Member Special
Members of Vancity can get into the gate for $5 every day of The Fair.
Other ways to save
- Get a Twilight ride pass (valid after 5 pm Tuesday to Thursday) for $29.75
- Grab a $5 after dark gate pass with the Twilight deal (available after 9 pm)
- Save on fair gate or ride passes on the PNE website or at these retailers: 7 Eleven, Safeway, Save On Foods, PriceSmart Foods, and Urban Fare
Where: Pacific National Exhibition – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: Saturday, August 19 to Monday, September 4, from 11 am to late; closed August 21 and August 28
Tickets: $17 at the gate, $14 online